European Parliament President Official Visit to Montenegro (18-19 July 2017)

Brussels, 17 July 2017 - European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, will pay an official visit to Montenegro from 18 to 19 July 2017.

Ahead of the visit, the President commented:

”The Western Balkans have a strong European vocation, bound by strong historic, cultural, and economic links. By going to Montenegro, the first non-EU country I visit during my mandate, I want to send a strong message to the whole region. The door to EU membership remains open for all those thriving to change their countries for the better, not only for the sake of accession, but also for that of their citizens.

“Stability in the region means stability for all of Europe. I look forward to engaging with the people of Montenegro.”

President Tajani will participate in a conference organised by the Chamber of Commerce of Montenegro on investment opportunities in the country in the infrastructure sector, along with numerous leading figures from the government of Montenegro, the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

“Political and economic development are essential in fostering stability not only in Montenegro, but in the whole region. In parallel with the accession talks, we need to boost economic diplomacy, particularly for SMEs, entrepreneurship and tourism,” highlighted President Tajani.

The visit will conclude with a cultural and tourism event in Perast to discuss with tourism school students the importance of this sector for Montenegro.

Programme of the Visit:

Tuesday, 18 July:

12:45 Meeting with Speaker of the Parliament of Montenegro, HE, Ivan Brajovic

13:30 Press Conference with Parliament Speaker, HE, Mr Ivan Brajovic

14:00 Meeting with President of the Republic of Montenegro, HE, Filip Vujanovic

Wednesday, 19 July:

09:00 Meeting with Prime Minister, HE, Dusko Markovic

10:30 Conference: "Business opportunities in Montenegro: Focus on Infrastructure”

15:45 Visit to a connectivity project - Trans-Balkan Electricity Corridor I: Grid Section in Montenegro

17:45 Event in Perast on culture and tourism with tourism school students

Please click on the following link to follow audio-visual coverage of President Tajani’s visit to Montenegro.

Note to editors:

With twenty-eight out of thirty-five negotiating chapters opened and three provisionally closed, Montenegro is currently considered the Western Balkan country most advanced in its accession process. Montenegro successfully participates in many EU initiatives such as Erasmus+, COSME, Horizon2020, Creative Europe and is in the lead as the highest per capita recipient of EU investment grants under the connectivity agenda. Last month, Montenegro joined NATO,a strong proof that the country is embracing EU common values and is aligning itself with EU foreign and security policy goals.

Check out the last week’s Western Balkans Summit in Trieste conclusions.

Latest European Parliament resolution on Montenegro.

Country progress report by European Commission on accession negotiations.

For further information:

Carlo Corazza

Spokesperson for President Tajani

carlo.corazza@europarl.europa.eu

+32 498 99 28 62